Mount Sinai | Egypt, 1996

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Chapel on top of Mount Sinai

Distance :  4.2 miles (7 km)

Avg. Time : 3 to 5 hours round trip

Start / Finish :

  • St.Catherine’s Monastery – Situated at the foot of Mount Sinai, St.Catherine’s is an Eastern Orthodox Monastery built in the 6th century AD. It is one of the world’s oldest active Christian monasteries. In 2002 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hotels and travel agencies in both Dahab (2 hours) and Sharm El Sheik (3 hours) arrange daily minibuses to St.Catherines.

Season :

  • All year. It can be a little chilly pre-dawn during winter. Huddle up with your fellow pilgrims and belt a few chorus’ of Kumbaya while you wait for the sun to make it’s appearance. 😉

Maps / Info :

  • According to the Old Testament, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on the summit of Mt. Sinai (2285 m / 7497 ft).
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Sunrise from the summit of Mount Sinai

  • Considered sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, Mt. Sinai has become a popular pilgrimage site which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The majority of those making the climb to the top, begin their walk in the early hours of the morning in order to catch sunrise from the summit.

Route / Conditions :

  • There are two paths to the summit. The Camel Path, which is wider, more gradual and longer, and; the Steps of Penitence, which is shorter, more challenging and consists of some 3750 steps.

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  • For a comprehensive overview of religious, as well as geographic points of interests along both paths, click on the following link from Tour Egypt.net.

Sleeping :

  • Basic accommodation is available at the Monastery Guest House at St.Catherine’s. Click on the following link from St-Katherine.net to see other overnight options in the immediate area.
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Descending to St.Catherine’s Monastery

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St. Catherine’s Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview :

  • A wonderful fusion of spiritual, historical and natural elements. Well worth the pre-dawn start.
  • Have a good look at the fourth photo in the gallery below. Is it just me, or is that the spitting image of a gorilla’s face in profile at the very centre of the photo

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